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Inspired by Momentum, Labour can transform the heartlands – and itself | Laura Parker12 Jan 2:59am

Inspired by Momentum, Labour can transform the heartlands – and itself | Laura Parker

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Ordinary people helping neglected communities – Corbyn’s vision spells the end of top-down New Labourism, and the start of a mass movement to power For too long, towns at the end of train lines and cities that once were bustling manufacturing hubs have been left behind by politics. In their glory days, places in my home county of Yorkshire such as Sheffield and Hull were heartlands of British industry. Building ships to protect the nation, making steel that was sold worldwide – these places thrived. Deindustrialisation and a lack of government investment have robbed these communities of well-paid jobs, opportunities and, for many, hope. They are scarred by job losses and unemployment; shops have fled from their high streets; and the lives of their young people are marred by uncertainty. These communities have been failed by politicians on both sides of parliament’s benches.
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